People gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion outside a church in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria. There was no immediate claim for the attack, which Syrian state television said left several people wounded and cars damaged. Syria’s Kurds have led the US-backed fight in the war-torn country against the Islamic State group, which continues to claim deadly attacks despite its territorial defeat in March. IMAGES
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In Iraq, the toughest female competitors, best-equipped facilities and most experienced coaches are considered to be in the Kurdish-majority northern region.
A Turkish-led offensive to capture the Kurdish-majority enclave of Afrin in northern Syria has forced 30,000 civilians from its main city in just 24 hours, a monitor says.
With the return of Kirkuk to Iraqi control, the balance of power appears to have shifted between the ethnic communities in the Kurdish-majority city, to the delight of its Turkmen residents.
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